Ghana’s David Accam will be 100% ready for DC United on Friday

Head coach of Chicago Fire has explained his decision to start Ghanaian winger David Accam from the bench in last weekend’s Major League Soccer (MLS) clash with Toronto FC.

Accam joined the action from the bench after 56 minutes and quickly changed the game. Fire were down by 2-0 but just two minutes after Accam came on, his run through the defense led to Michael de Leeuw's header that pulled one goal back for Chicago but that was too little too late as the Fire suffered their first home defeat since April 16.

Chicago Fire fans were left wondering why Accam was dropped to the bench, but head coach Veljko Paunovic admitted that the story could have been different had Accam started the game but he did not regret the decision to keep him on the bench until the 56th minute.

Paunovic said Accam was coming off overseas from international duties with Ghana and that Chicago started the same XI from last weekend's 3-0 victory over Philadelphia.

“We spoke before the game, David said that after the break with the national team and a long travel that he didn’t feel like to start and that’s it”, the Chicago Fire coach told the official website.

“We want our guys to participate in the decisions, especially in this kind of (situation) where it matters how his physical state (is) and that’s it”, the coach added.

Meanwhile, Accam has assured to be back in the starting XI on Friday against a DC United side that boast of three Ghanaians – Patrick Nyarko, Lloyd Sam and Kofi Opare.

“I feel great and for me I was happy to go on the pitch to help the team, but it wasn’t enough.

“I think I’m always ready. The next game will depend on the coach, what he thinks and for me I’m always ready when the coach tells me to go on the pitch. It mostly depends on the coach what formation or tactics he wants to use, so I’m good".

Other Ghanaians who featured in the MLS over the weekend include Emmanuel Boateng who provided one assist when LA Galaxy defeated Orlando City by 4-2.

Lloyd Sam and Patrick Nyarko helped DC United to a 2-2 tie against New York Red Bulls at the Arena. Harrison Afful played the entire duration when Columbus Crew succumbed to Vancouver Whitecaps by 1-3 at home, while Joshua Yaro and Dominic Oduro settled for a one all draw when Philadelphia Union hosted Montreal Impact.

Gershon Koffie helped New England Revolution to a 3-1 victory over New York City FC. Koffie played the entire duration of the game.
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